As it turns out, according to Kamaru Usman, Conor McGregor could have had a welterweight title fight already.
Kamaru Usman successfully retained the UFC welterweight championship at UFC 261, continuing his winning streak and further cementing his place in UFC welterweight history.
He also has been one of several targets of Conor McGregor’s tweets over the past week or so, with McGregor claiming Usman is stealing everything from his quotables to his striking.
McGregor has threatened to come up to welterweight and take the championship away from Usman. But according to Usman, McGregor had the opportunity to and didn’t take it.
Usman responded to McGregor’s recent verbal jabs at him on Twitter by claiming McGregor went radio silent when offered a chance to challenge Usman for the UFC welterweight title.
Kamaru Usman says Conor McGregor didn’t take opportunity to fight for welterweight title: ‘I already took your pride’
On the same day of these tweets from Usman, Dustin Poirier tweeted out an idea of him and McGregor potentially competing at welterweight for their trilogy bout, which is scheduled for July 10 at UFC 264. McGregor declined.
McGregor and Poirier competed as featherweights in their first fight and lightweights in their second.
McGregor has competed at 170 three times in his UFC career — both fights against Nate Diaz in 2016 and his bout with Donald Cerrone at UFC 246.
Usman, who hasn’t tasted defeat in the UFC, won the UFC welterweight title at UFC 235, defeating Tyron Woodley. He’s since retained the championship against Colby Covington, Jorge Masvidal (twice) and Gilbert Burns.
His 14 consecutive wins are the most in UFC welterweight history and he’s two wins shy of tying Anderson Silva for the longest win streak in UFC history.
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